Collapse at Armenia’s Mozrov Cave; More Caves at Risk

March 14, 2012 / Armenia, Asia
Inside Armenia's Mozrov Cave

Photo by Suren Manvelyan

A heavy snowfall this winter and subsequent melting this spring are being blamed for causing a collapse at Armenia’s spectacular Mozrov Cave.

Approximately 50 cubic meters (66 cubic yards) of soil collapsed recently, just 2-3 meters (6 – 10 feet) from the caves entrance.

Located in Armenia’s Vayots Dzor Region, Mozrov cave was discovered in 1965 during road construction. At 300 meters (984 feet) long and full of spectacular formations, it is included in Armenia’s State List of Immovable Historical and Cultural Monuments.

Youth activists from the “We Won’t Keep Silent” movement are criticizing government and state officials for not doing anything to prevent the collapse, and warned that both Arjer and Magel caves are also in danger of collapsing.

The Nature Protection Ministry has put up a sign near the entrance to try and prevent people from entering the cave.

Heavy snowfall was cause of collapse in Armenian cave – Nature Protection Ministry [news.am] & Armenia’s Mozrov Cave Collapsed. Arjer and Magel Caves Also at Risk [epress.am]

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